When it comes to success there is no set yellow brick road to follow. I’ve learned that we all define success a little differently. For me, success isn’t the applause earned after a successful and triumphant presentation. For me, success is finding the courage to overcome the embarrassment of a horrific fails; it’s the humility to roll up your sleeves and find inspiration after a praised success; it’s staying true to myself and my vision of my desired future.
I believe that to be successful, I have to set goals that are meaningful to me and that I have to work to achieve my goals. (This means separating my goals from the goals of influencers in my life). I strongly believe that success in life is a mindset. For example, I choose to be productive each day.
Since graduating from university I have had my successes, and I have had my failures. When I look back at my experience post university I can see the learning that fed my success.
Here are a few lesson’s I’ve learned for finding success:
- Be captain of your own dreams: Fresh out of university, I was hungry to get working. I worked hard, I took risks, and I got shyte done. Fresh out of university, I didn’t ask for permission or let nay-sayers slow me down. I worked hard and did what I believed needed to be done. I chose to be a doer. I chose to be a player. If you want something, go out and get it. Remember, if you don’t ask, you don’t get.
- Forget Fate: I am a spiritual person who believes in destiny; however I believe that we each have the power to shape and create our own destiny. I believe that it is my fate to be successful. I believe that success won’t come to me without hard work. A successful life requires more than a day dream. To be successful, I’ve learned that it is important to believe in myself and my unique talents. To be successful, believe that you are sufficient as is and that you can succeed any and all challenges.
- Laugh: I’m an A-Type personality; as a result I have to remind myself not to take things too seriously. Perfection is over-rated and success is a work in process. As an A-type I have a tendency to be overly focused, dismissive, and harsh. It is not my intention to alienate would be teammates with “uber” seriousness. In the past year, I have learned the importance of laughing at myself and the value of relaxing. Laughter is important because it brings you back to the present moment.
- Lend a Hand: Success is built on the backs of the team, not on one person alone. In the past couple of years, I have had great joy helping others achieve their dreams and successes. I have enjoyed sharing knowledge and I have enjoyed the collaboration of ideas. I believe that true success is derived from an openness to collaborate and a desire to cheer for the greater good. There is no greater reward that the reward of sharing success.